Fall Asleep

Fall Asleep
©2019 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

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The sky is heavy with cloud;
Pregnant with sleet or snow.
The maples and birches shiver;
Their bright raiment now shed
In scattered heaps around their feet.
No longer wanted, the leaves wait
To travel on capricious winds,
Or to be tucked into hibernation
By gathering mounds of winter,
To sleep undisturbed,
Sheltering the silent soil
And all that lives beneath
Until Spring’s resurrection.

First Frost

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First Frost
©2017 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

Crisp brown leaves now litter the lawn
Rimed by frost in the early dawn.
The dahlias bend, their flowers curl,
Sagging low, as around them swirl
The icy whispers of winter.

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